Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry

Thu 7 Apr 2005 – Sat 7 May 2005

Edited by Richard Norton-Taylor

“The Tricycle’s latest piece of tribunal theatre is political theatre at its very best”  The Guardian

“Theatre such as this is beyond price” Financial Times
“The Tricycle’s latest recreation of a major inquiry is its most devastating”  The Times

“As rich as anything dreamed up by dramatists” The Observer
“I can’t praise this enthralling production too highly… exceptionally gripping courtroom drama”  Daily Telegraph

“A necessary triumph”  The Independent

2006 Olivier Award – Tricycle Theatre For Outstanding Achievement With The Production Of Bloody Sunday

when British soldiers opened fire during an anti-internment civil rights march in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The initial 1972 inquiry by Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery – branded the Widgery Whitewash by many – suggested that the soldiers had been fired on first and that there was a strong suspicion that some of the victims had fired weapons. After a sustained campaign by the families of the victims and in the light of new material collected by the Irish Government, a new Inquiry was set up in 1998 as part of the Northern Ireland Peace process.

On Sunday 30 January 1972, 13 civil rights marchers were shot dead and another 13 wounded

Over the past six years the Saville Inquiry has heard evidence from over 1000 witnesses, including civilians, military, paramilitary, media, experts and forensic scientists, politicians and civil servants, priests and members of the RUC.

Cast includes David Beames, John Castle, Jeremy Clyde, Michael Cochrane, Sorcha Cusack, Julia Dearden, Theo Fraser Steele, Rita Hamill, William Hoyland, Charles Lawson, Hilary MacLean, Carole Nimmons, Michael O’Hagan, Gerard O’Hare, Alan Parnaby, Nick Sampson and Thomas Wheatley

Creatives include Nicolas Kent (Director) and Claire Spooner (Designer)

“Surely the most important development in British drama in the past 15 years has not been the in-yer-face plays from the Royal Court but the Tricycle’s docudramas, of which this is the latest. Is this verbatim reconstruction of the Saville Inquiry into the 13 deaths of unarmed civilians in Londonderry in 1972 a true play? Formal questions pale beside the inescapable seriousness of the theatrical experience. Thanks to the brilliant compression of Richard Norton-Taylor’s editing, it is breathtaking to move swiftly from painful eyewitness account of how people died to the cross-examination of the soliders who fired”  Financial Times